Discovery Programs Seasonal Instructor
Department: Children's Education
Reports to: Discovery Coordinator
Term: March 11–October 31, 2014
The Discovery staff at Brooklyn Botanic Garden provides hands-on nature education for children of all ages and their caregivers, connecting our diverse community with the natural world. The seasonal instructor facilitates BBG’s Kids’ Discovery Stations. These free, hands-on activity stations are available to the public for drop-in engagement on a daily basis in a beautiful garden setting. The instructor facilitates the program daily, develops engaging program content, manages materials and logistics, and closely mentors the adult volunteers and teen apprentices who engage visitors at the stations.
At the Kids’ Discovery Stations, visiting groups and families investigate living plants and plant materials, interact with composting worms, read stories, use scavenger hunts to explore the Garden grounds, and learn about a different seasonal topic each week. On weekends and summer days, planting and craft activities are also offered for families, free of charge. Discovery programming will also commemorate the centennial of BBG’s Children’s Garden in 2014 with special events and activities.
- Plan and facilitate daily Kids’ Discovery Stations, with support from the Discovery Programs coordinator.
- Engage with a diverse range of visitors on a daily basis to provide a welcoming, educational experience.
- Collaborate with the program coordinator to develop program content and develop and co-lead trainings for adult volunteers and teen apprentices.
- Supervise and mentor teen apprentices and adult volunteers in public speaking and environmental education as they facilitate stations.
- Manage volunteers’ schedules and needs.
- Track attendance and evaluate program success. Purchase supplies as necessary.
- Assist with watering and basic horticultural maintenance of BBG’s Education Greenhouse plant collection.
- Assist program coordinator with special projects throughout the growing season.
- Passion for the natural world and eagerness to share it with others
- Career background that demonstrates an interest and commitment to hands-on education and informal science learning
- Experience teaching children of all ages
- Confidence supervising and mentoring adult volunteers
- Experience and comfort in mentoring youth from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to engage large school and camp groups in an informal learning setting
- Strong interpersonal skills and keen interest and ease in communicating with children, teens, and adults
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
Application Deadline: January 17, 2014
Application Requirements: In addition to résumé and cover letter with details pertinent to the position, please provide two references with contact information. To apply for multiple BBG seasonal instructor positions, send a single application, making note of all the positions in which you are interested in your cover letter as well as in the email’s subject line.